- a projecting object mounted on a moving part for striking a control lever to stop, reverse, or otherwise control the actions of some machine, as a milling machine or printing press.
- a sudden release or start.
- an instance or period of being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, especially LSD.
- the euphoria, illusions, etc., experienced during such a period.
- any stimulating or exciting experience: The class reunion was a real trip.
- any intense interest or preoccupation: She's been on a nostalgia trip all week.
- a period of time, experience, or lifestyle: Those early years in college were a bad trip.
verb (used without object), tripped, trip·ping.
verb (used with object), tripped, trip·ping.
- to break out (an anchor) by turning over or lifting from the bottom by a line (tripping line) attached to the anchor's crown.
- to tip or turn (a yard) from a horizontal to a vertical position.
- to lift (an upper mast) before lowering.
- triosephosphate isomerase,
- trip line,
- trip out,
- trip switch,
- trip the light fantastic,
- trip up
Origin of trip1
noun British Dialect.
Origin of trip2
Examples from the Web for trip
Finding the shop is a trip in itself and an introduction to a slice of history.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Anthony Goldstein probably chose a trip to the Quidditch World Cup over his Birthright trip to Israel.
After my first trip to his place in Tucson we called one another on the telephone.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“During this trip, I did as a lone wolf, I risked a lot,” he said.
My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.
He ate his lunch, but did not need to start on the second trip until the middle of the afternoon.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
A trip, I assure you, that not many men would have been capable of.A Maid of the Silver Sea|John Oxenham
She insisted that she wanted some exercise after the trip on the cars.Polly's Senior Year at Boarding School|Dorothy Whitehill
The long walk over the blossoming prairie was wonderful and the other delighted youngsters thanked Mabel for planning the trip.Girls of Highland Hall|Carolyn Watson Rankin
Helen wrinkled her nose at him, but she laughed good-naturedly and agreed with him that the trip had been great fun.Ethel Morton at Sweetbrier Lodge|Mabell S. C. Smith
- any catch on a mechanism that acts as a switch
- (as modifier)trip button
verb trips, tripping or tripped
- to activate (a mechanical trip)
- trip a switchto switch electric power off by moving the switch armature to disconnect the supply
Word Origin for trip
late 14c. (implied in tripper), "tread or step lightly, skip, caper," from Old French tripper "strike with the feet" (12c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch trippen "to skip, trip, hop," Low German trippeln, Frisian tripje, Dutch trappen, Old English treppan "to tread, trample") related to trap.
The sense of "strike with the foot and cause to stumble" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "to release" (a catch, lever, etc.) is recorded from 1897; trip-wire is attested from 1916. Related: Tripped; tripping.
"act or action of tripping," 1650s, from trip (v.); sense of "a short journey or voyage" is from 1690s, originally a nautical term, the connection is uncertain. The meaning "psychedelic drug experience" is first recorded 1959 as a noun; the verb in this sense is from 1966, from the noun.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trip
- triple threat
- trip the light fantastic
- trip up
- bad trip
- ego trip
- round trip